E-Cigarettes

Although fewer youth are smoking cigarettes, the tobacco industry continues to create and market products that offer new ways to deliver nicotine and hook lifelong customers. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among Montana’s youth. Over half of Montana high school students have tried e-cigarettes and 30% are using them regularly.1

What are e-cigarettes?

  • They come in many shapes and sizes. Many are designed to look just like regular cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes heat up a liquid into an aerosol that is inhaled into the user’s lungs.
  • The liquid and aerosol can be made up of nicotine, flavorings, ultrafine particles, heavy metals, and chemicals that have been known to cause cancer.3

What are the risks?

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a very addictive substance. Nicotine, in any form, is unsafe for youth because it can harm their developing brains.4
  • E-cigarette use among youth is strongly associated with use of other tobacco products, like cigarettes.2
  • E-cigarettes contain lithium batteries and can explode and/or cause fires, resulting in severe injury.2

Did you know:

  • E-cigarettes are being marketed using the same tactics Big Tobacco long used to get kids to start smoking regular cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes can be found in over 7,700 flavors targeted at youth, like cotton candy, root beer float and bubblegum.5
  • The good news – as of January 2016, Montana retailers are prohibited from selling e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.

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Sources

  1. Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2015
  2. S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A report of the Surgeon General. https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf. Accessed December, 2016.
  3. Goniewicz LM, Knysak J, Gawron M, et. al. Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapour products from electronic cigarettes. Tobacco Control 2014, 23(2): 133-139.
  4. England, L, et. al. Nicotine and the developing human: A neglected element of the e-cigarette debate. Am J Prev Med 2015.
  5. American Lung Association. Myths and Facts about E-cigarettes. http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/myths-and-facts-about-e-cigs.html. Accessed December, 2016.